Michael Dore Partner and Chair, Products & Specialty Torts Practice

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Michael Dore Argues before the New Jersey Supreme Court on Welfare Fund v. Merck & Co., March 19, 2007

Respected as a leading authority on mass torts, Mike has built a substantial practice advising corporate clients on complex environmental, pharmaceutical, and insurance matters. Clients value his strategic perspective, which combines academic rigor and significant practical experience handling major cases.

Mike is the author of the standard treatise on mass torts, the five-volume Law of Toxic Torts: Litigation, Defense, Insurance (Thomson Reuters/West, 2016), which has been cited by courts throughout the United States and in the Federal Judicial Center’s Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, as have many of his law review articles on expert evidence and other litigation topics. He has also written extensively on New Jersey’s mass tort coordination procedures, innovating a way to handle cases that was adopted by the state’s courts.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Mike has taught classes on both environmental law and mass torts as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers Law School since 1984.

Mike has also been involved in a number of landmark personal injury cases in New Jersey. He served as trial counsel for Napp Chemical Co. following a plant explosion that resulted in five worker deaths and all but closed the city of Lodi. Mike also served as lead defense counsel in criminal and administrative proceedings involving industrial emissions that resulted in the hospitalization of more than 50 middle school students. In addition, he defended personal injury and property damage claims brought against Bristol-Myers Squibb by more than 150 neighbors of the company’s New Brunswick manufacturing facility. Mike’s influential writing about the state’s handling of mass torts led to his taking part in numerous “Multicounty Litigation” matters involving both pharmaceutical products and environmental claims.

Recognized statewide and throughout the legal profession for his depth of knowledge, experience in big cases, and understanding of New Jersey court procedures, Mike is the first choice for any corporation facing complex mass tort litigation.

Representative Engagements

In re Napp Technologies – Served as lead counsel with respect to OSHA and civil claims arising out of a multiple-fatality chemical plant explosion in Lodi, New Jersey.
Devoe v. The P.F. Laboratories, Inc., et al. – Served as New Jersey counsel for a class action and individual claims involving the distribution of OxyContin.
In re Bristol-Myers Squibb Environmental Claim – Defended a multi-county litigation in New Jersey involving personal injury and property damage claims brought by more than 150 neighbors of BMS' New Brunswick, New Jersey, manufacturing facility.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2016) – Recognized in the environmental category. Chambers notes "clients agree that he is one of the most effective lawyers in New Jersey, and a nationally recognized expert;" "he is a very experienced, professional, and knowledgeable attorney;" and also that he is "a very smart lawyer who never gives up - he always looks for a way to resolve the issue for the client."  

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2017)

  • Super Lawyers (2005–2016) – Recognized in the class actions/mass torts section.


Publications

Environmental Class Actions: Where We Have Been and Where We May Wind Up in the Future
Chapter of Inside the Minds, Litigation Environmental Class Actions (Thomson Reuters/Aspatore 2012), 2012
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Law of Toxic Torts: Litigation, Defense, Insurance
Thomson Reuters/West 2012 (Five Volumes), 2012
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The New Jersey Mass Tort Designation Process
New Jersey Lawyer, August 2011
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Press Mentions

Michael Dore comments on how the outcome of the first Toyota bellwether trial will likely influence future trials. , The National Law Journal , June 13, 2011
Michael Dore profiled by the New Jersey Law Journal for his argument before the New Jersey Supreme Court in a class action case filed against Merck & Co., comments on the Consumer Fraud Act's possible impact on the case's outcome. , The New Jersey Law Journal , March 23, 2007

Related Areas

Appellate
Environmental Law & Litigation
Insurance Recovery Group
Life Sciences
Litigation
Products & Specialty Torts

Education


Rutgers Law School ( J.D. , 1975 ) , Editor, Rutgers Law Review, National Moot Court Team
Amherst College ( B.A. , 1972 ) , cum laude

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey
Pennsylvania

Affiliations


  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Rutgers University Law School (1984 - present)
  • American Law Institute (Elected Member)
  • Founding Chair, Defense Research Institute, Environmental Law Committee